Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres said that the Earth’s temperature in 2020 has reached a record high in 3 million years.
In addition, he also expressed his opinion that the current commitments of countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are not enough to prevent a climate catastrophe.
“Last year was another unprecedented period of extreme weather and climate disasters. Carbon dioxide concentrations rose again to a new high of 148 percent above pre-industrial levels,” he said during a video appearance at the international Petersberg Climate Dialogue conference.
According to Guterres, “this is the highest level in 3 million years, when the Earth’s temperature was 3 degrees higher and sea level was about 15 meters higher.” He noted that under current commitments, the world is still heading toward a catastrophic 2.4 degree rise in temperature by the end of the century. He stressed that “the world is on the precipice.”
“But if we work together, we can prevent the worst effects of climate destabilization and use the recovery from the pandemic to put ourselves on a cleaner and greener path of development,” the UN secretary general said.
Earlier, on April 22-23, an international online summit on climate change was held. Forty world leaders were invited to the event. President Joe Biden opened the summit by announcing the intention of the United States to stop harmful emissions into the atmosphere by 2050.
On the first day of the summit, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said in his speech that Russia is interested in strengthening international efforts in the field of climate. At the time, Biden said that Putin’s calls encouraged Washington.